Maintenance Specialist I, Fair & Expo

Deschutes County
November 19, 2023
Redmond, OR
Job Type



Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center is the largest and most prestigious facilities of its type not only in the Northwest, but in the nation. With over 340 acres of mixed use space, 300,000 square feet of indoor space, a conference center, and the First Interstate Bank Arena; regardless of the type or size of event; Deschutes County Fair & Expo is able to play host.

In addition to hosting nearly 400 unique events each year, Deschutes County Fair & Expo is also home to the annual Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo, the largest County Fair in Oregon each year.

We know where you choose to live, work and play matters. Deschutes County is one of the largest employers in Central Oregon and the largest municipal government in the region. Our dedicated and passionate workforce of more than 1,200 employees provide County services in a number of departments, divisions, and offices.

Located in the heart of Central Oregon, between the towering Cascade Mountain Range to the west and the high desert plateau to the east, Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. We enjoy a renowned quality of life, with big-city opportunities and small-town neighborhoods.

We hope you'll consider joining our talented team.

The Maintenance Specialist I will perform a variety of manual and semi-skilled tasks in the operation, maintenance, repair, alteration, construction, janitorial, and landscaping of grounds and facilities. Incumbent will also perform grounds landscaping, snow removal, and disposal of trash, as well as janitorial duties. This position assesses building and facility maintenance needs and reports them to supervisor for development of maintenance plans. This position may assist the Maintenance Specialist II with tasks related to maintaining buildings and grounds.

Key Responsibilities:

  • S etting up, tearing down, assembling, disassembling, moving, and manipulating various items such as equipment, materials, event structures, animal stalls, fences, gates, irrigation, and platform/stage assemblies.
  • Frequently move large and heavy objects.
  • L oad and unload trucks.
  • Handle pick-ups and deliveries.
  • Maintain the stocking of materials and supplies.
  • Preventative building and equipment maintenance activities.
  • Semi-skilled carpentry, plumbing, painting, masonry, and limited electrical.
  • HVAC system maintenance such as replacing light bulbs, resetting panel breakers, changing filters, and replacing belts.

What You Will Bring:
Knowledge of or experience with:

  • Materials, methods, tools, and equipment used in building maintenance.
  • Safe work practices, occupational hazards, and safety precautions in public facilities.
  • Basic principles and practices of the construction industry and building trades.

Skill in:

  • Using basic tools and equipment in a safe and effective manner.
  • Closely following verbal and written instructions and procedures.
  • Checking details, estimates, and plans for maintenance and repair projects.
  • Following safe work practices and procedures.
  • Maintaining vehicles, tools, and specialized equipment.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

*This posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but rather constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function.

Notification to all candidates will be sent via email and/or text only. Please opt in for text messaging or check your email and your account for application status.

Review the full job description by clicking HERE.
$4,014.20 to $5,379.47 per month for a 173.33 hour work month. Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This union-represented position is available immediately.

Our robust health plan is offered at a minimal cost of $90 per month, which includes an innovative on-site clinic, pharmacy, and wellness and wellbeing services. Additionally, we include life insurance, retirement (PERS), generous paid time-off (14-18 hours/month to start, pro-rated for part-time), holidays, and professional development opportunities.
Please click HERE for full benefit details.

This posting is re-opened until filled.
Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent;
  • AND some work experience in building and grounds maintenance;
  • OR any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills and knowledge to perform the job.

Necessary Special Requirements
The employment offer will be contingent upon presentation of an acceptable and verifiable driver's license, pre-employment screening for criminal history, driving history, and controlled substances (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). This screening must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended.

Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays to meet the needs of the department.

Physical Requirements. Must have the physical ability for continuous physical effort, to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, walk in rough, rocky, or uneven terrain, sit, stoop, bend, crawl, climb, twist, kneel, squat, crouch, reach, stand, walk, balance, lift, grasp, talk, hear, see, and rotate arms, wrists, and forearms. Must have the ability to push, pull, move, and/or lift objects weighing up to 100 pounds occasionally, 75 pounds frequently, and 10-25 pounds continuously.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible.
Deschutes County offers eligible employees a comprehensive health care package that covers medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their eligible dependents at a minimal cost of $90 per month. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following 1 month of employment. Included in the health care package is the Deschutes Onsite Clinic (DOC), which provides a wide range of health, wellness, and primary care services to employees and their dependents. The DOC offers convenient hours and no out-of-pocket costs to patients. The DOC Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy available to employees and dependents to have their prescriptions filled at a discounted co-pay. In addition to the health care package, Deschutes County provides a generous and comprehensive benefits program to eligible employees.

Employer paid benefit offerings include:

  • Life Insurance for employee and dependents
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Program through Oregon PERS
  • Time Management Leave

Employee paid voluntary benefit offerings include:

  • 125 Flexible Spending Program
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Program
  • Supplemental Life and Accident Insurance

To learn more about Deschutes County's generous benefit offerings, please visit and click on Employee Benefits.

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